West Ham v Stoke Betting Tips & Odds – 16/04/18

West Ham v Stoke Betting Tips & Odds – 16/04/18

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West Ham v Stoke Betting Tips & Odds

In our West Ham v Stoke betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Monday night football returns with West Ham hosting Stoke at the London Olympic Stadium. This well be seen as a relegation six pointer by both teams, three points for either club will be crucial their in bids for survival. West Ham are currently six points above the relegation zone and a win here can almost guarantee them safety for another season. They still have games in hand on the rest of the League and will be looking to take advantage of that in the coming weeks. West Ham won the reverse fixture 3-0 and will be hoping for a similar result. Stoke are in real trouble at the moment and will need to get something out of this game. Their five points away from safety with five games to go.

David Moyes

David Moyes is in the running for a new contract with West Ham almost safe

West Ham looking for back to back home wins

West home will come into the game with a great opportunity to distance themselves from the bottom three. Southampton failed to hold off Chelsea on Saturday and West Ham play against nineteenth placed Stoke here. West Ham will be desperate not to lose this game and let Stoke gain ground on them, if they can manage to win they can go eight points clear of Southampton in eighteenth. They can move as high as twelfth with still a game in hand on many other relegation rivals. With the opportunity to put a lot of teams between them and the drop a win could all but guarantee West Ham safety.

West Ham have experienced a lot of fan trouble at the London Olympic Stadium this season. However, this hasn’t stopped the team from performing there. They’ve only lost five games at home all season. It has been their away form that has put them in this situation. They don’t lose many games at home but a win here could see them win back to back home wins for the first time since December 2016. If former Stoke player, Marko Arnautovic, can continue his fine form this season a West Ham win is likely. The Austrian he has scored five goals in four games for club and country, he is expected to lead the line again against Stoke with the Hammers current strikers all doubtful.

Marko Arnautovic West Ham United

West Ham United’s Marko Arnautovic is West Ham’s top scorer this season with nine

Stoke face relegation

Stoke have a good record against West Ham and will be hoping that works in their favour. They’ve only lost once against the Hammers in their last nine meetings but that one defeat came last time round, losing 3-0 earlier in the season. Stoke are in real danger of being relegated this season. Six points away from safety with some tough games to come, this is a must win for Stoke. Stoke are in a desperate need of a win to help their survival battle. Unfortunately for Stoke wins haven’t come easy for them in 17/18 only managing six so far. With one win in 2018 and one win away from home all season it’s hard to see Stoke beating West Ham Monday night.

The main problem for Stoke this season is their goal production. They’ve only managed to find the back of the net thirty times this campaign, which is the fourth lowest in the Premier League. They’ve only managed seven in 2018 and have only scored twice in their last six away matches. It’s no surprise that Stoke have struggled recently as it seems the team morale and confidence is at a real low. Players have come out and criticised the quality of their squad at times which haven’t helped matters. Wherever Stoke finish this season the squad with look very different at the start of the next with key players expected moved on.

Stoke City

Xherdan Shaqiri has heavily criticised the Stoke squad this season

Recommended Bets:

West Ham to win: (Best Priced at 1/1 with Coral) BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals: (Best Priced at 8/11 with Ladbrokes) BET HERE

Marko Arnautovic to score anytime: (Best Priced at 6/4 with Ladbrokes) BET HERE

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